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150 Ex-militants Begin Agric Training In Umuahia



One hundred and fifty ex-militants from the Niger Delta area have began a one month training in agriculture in Umuahia, the Abia State capital as part of the federal government’s amnesty programme for them.
The programme is being organized by the government in collaboration with the Abia State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) in partnership with FADMOBAT at the headquarters of the ADP.
The one female and 149 males ex-militants would be trained on poultry, fishery, land tilling and preparation, book keeping, farm business, produce marketing and farm personnel management.
Fagging off the training, the Programme Manager of the ADP, Chief Batho Onyemaobi said at the end, the participants were expected to be proficient in their respective areas of specialization.
He said the need for the country to return back to massive agriculture to promote food sufficiently and to create employment opportunities for the teeming youth cannot be emphasized at this time.
Similarly, the coordinator of the training, Chika Abangwu appealed to them to forward any challenges they may encounter during the period in writing for onward chanelling to the appropriate quarters.
Reponding on behalf of his colleagues, Mr Abraham Ebiyekon wondered why their training should last for  only one month while those of others before them lasted for about nine months.
He complained that when they discussed the terms of the amnesty with the federal government about ten years ago, they had been offered formal education and not skill acquisition programme.


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